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Uncle Frank's House: An American Dream


Using recorded oral history, found footage, live interviews and videography shot on an iPhone, this short documentary by filmmaker Kathy Drasky tells the story of the rise, fall and reinvention of the American Dream in Detroit from the 1920s through today.

Drasky began making trips to Detroit as a photographer, like so many others, taking pictures of the "ruins" of this once-grand city. But she soon realized that the real story of Detroit was not its crumbled buildings, burned out houses, empty lots - or even its present-day revitalization efforts.

The real story was the people.

As Drasky looked further into her own family's connection to the Motor City, the voices of a handful of locals began to push her in an unexpected direction.

With original music by Detroit's own John Greasy - writer, performer, producer & visionary. Hear the sound of Detroit. Get the soundtrack on Spotify:

"Uncle Frank's House" made its official world premiere to a sold-out crowd on October 17, 2018, at the Bel Air Luxury Cinema on 8 Mile Rd. in Detroit, Michigan.


Best Short Documentary - Honorable Mention, January 2020, Vegas Movie Awards
Spotlight Documentary Film Awards - "Top 250 Documentaries of 2019"
Best Mobile Short, May 2019, Indie Short Fest, Los Angeles
No Budget Spirit, 2018 Top Indie Film Awards
Best Documentary July 2018 Festigious Film Festival, Los Angeles


Art Film Awards, 2020
Iconic Images Film Fest, 2020
Lisbon CineFest, 2020
Buenos Aires Film Festival, 2019
San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, 2019
Mindfield Film Festival - Albuquerque, 2019
Georgia Documentary Film Festival, 2019
Top Indie Film Awards, 2019
The Film Contest, 2018
Independent Talents International Film Festival, 2018
Direct Short & Documentary Film Festival, 2018
Independent Online Film Festival, 2018
Direct Monthly Online Film Festival, 2018
Cine Fern, 2018

SHORT FILM: Uncle Frank's House: An American Dream

Three years in the making, this short documentary began as a search through a decimated Detroit for a long-lost uncle's home and became so much more. Discover some untold truths about America's "Motor City", the birth of the middle class and the rise, fall, and reinvention of the American Dream.



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